Kurdistan Region Presidency denounces attack on Peshmerga forces in Amedi

Members of Peshmerga forces

SULAIMANI (ESTA) — The Kurdistan Region Presidency denounced an attack by the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) in Amedi district in northeast of Duhok, calling it a “dangerous event”.

A member of Peshmerga forces was killed and three others were wounded after an explosion hit their vehicle in Chamanke sub-district in Amedi on Wednesday morning, according to local officials.

“There is no excuse for the attack and it is an attack on life and tranquility of people and Kurdistan’s soil,” the Region’s presidency said in a statement.

“As the Kurdistan’s people suffer from several crises, these fighting and tensions by the PKK put the Region more in danger, at which no one will be winner.”

The Kurdistan Region Presidency stressed the PKK should respect the Kurdistan Region’s constitutional entity, government and its legitimate institutions.

Recently, tensions have been high between the Region’s authorities and the PKK, which has positions on the Kurdistan Region’s border area with Turkey, where Turkish army sporadically bombs PKK positions.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Council of Ministers also condemned the attack on the Peshmerga forces, saying the Peshmerga “are the protector of Kurdistan’s soil and people”.

“The KRG strongly condemns today’s attack carried out by the PKK on the Peshmerga forces, and it considers it as an aggression on the Kurdistan Region and its legitimate institutions,” it said in a statement.

The Press Center of the People’s Defense Forces (HPG) said in a statement earlier that its fighters had warned a unit of the Peshmerga forces affiliated with the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) not to approach one of their camps in Gara mountain in Amedi.

“The KDP forces tried to enter our camps near the village of Babade with armored vehicles. Despite that attempt, our forces did not fight and did not use their weapons,” said the HPG, which is the military wing of the PKK.

“We intervened in the situation. Two mines were detonated at the hummers to prevent them from further advance,” the HPG added.

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